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Missiles on rooftops for London Olympics

2012-04-30 22:21

London - Some London residents are getting troops and surface-to-air missiles on their rooftops for the Summer Olympics.

British security officials identified potential sites for the missiles on Monday and announced plans for security tests during the week.

The potential sites include Lexington Building in Tower Hamlets, the Fred Wigg Tower in Waltham Forest, Blackheath Common, Oxleas Wood, the William Girling Reservoir and Barn Hill in Epping Forest.

News of one of the sites leaked out over the weekend when a journalist who lives in one of the buildings found a flyer notifying residents of the plan.

"From the few people I've spoken to, and the security we have here, they're not happy about it," said Brian Whelan. "I don't think it needs to be here at all."

Around 700 people living at Whelan's building in Bow - about 3.2km from London's Olympic Stadium - have been contacted and warned that the weapons and about 10 troops are likely to be based at the site for around two months.

Tests planned

London is hosting the Summer Olympics from 27 July to 12 August.

In the leaflet, the defence ministry said the venue offered an uncluttered "view of the surrounding areas and the entire sky above the Olympic Park".

Troops plan to conduct tests this week at the building to determine if the high velocity surface-to-air missiles will be stationed on a water tower attached to the site's roof.

"The majority of this exercise will be played out in full view of the public and I hope that it will have a secondary effect of reassuring the British people that everything possible is being done to ensure this will be a safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games," said Defense Secretary Philip Hammond.

Britain has previously confirmed that up to 13 500 troops are being deployed on land, at sea and in the air to help protect the Olympics alongside police and security guards. Typhoon fighter jets, helicopters, two warships and bomb disposal experts will be a part of the security operation.


Comments
  • Saffa in Asia - 2012-04-30 23:06

    What a sick world we live in if we have to do this so we can play sport against each other. The idea behind sport is promote friendly rivalry and build friendships with those that you would not normally meet. The whole idea of the Olympic Games has been reduced to nothing, they may as well not have it at all. Absolutely pointless.

  • Cornel De Jager - 2012-05-01 06:24

    ..

  • veldt66 - 2012-05-01 08:27

    Over the top reaction by these English suckers, i thought they hve the Patriot system that can be kept away from populated centres.

  • Alaina - 2012-05-01 08:46

    They were the first to propose \stab proof vests\ because they thought we were so dangerous. Ironic how they now feel the need to plant missiles on rooftops. Yes, we did up security but not to the extent that they are.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-01 08:57

      How true and how ironic !!! Maybe we should suggest South Africans going to the Games, to take along gas masks, and radiation protection suits !!!

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-05-02 09:28

    Paranoia like this is why the west is collapsing... The next step is to stock nukes on site and fire them at any bearded man in a turban who happens to walk by... Sick of this stupidity... Terrorism is a farce, more people have been killed by peanuts...

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